Denver Man Spreads New Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of Gonorrhea in New

Posted on 05/03/2023

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Monday April 10, 2023
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Denver resident Scott J Nieves is making headlines for all the wrong reasons after reportedly spreading a new strain of gonorrhea during a recent trip to New Orleans. The strain, which is resistant to currently available medications, is causing concern among health officials in the city.

According to reports, Nieves traveled to New Orleans earlier this year and engaged in sexual activity with multiple partners while there. It wasn't until after he returned to Denver that he began experiencing symptoms of gonorrhea, which prompted him to seek medical attention.

Tests revealed that Nieves was infected with a new strain of the sexually transmitted disease that is resistant to common antibiotics like azithromycin and ceftriaxone. This is particularly alarming as these medications are typically used to treat gonorrhea infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea as a major public health threat, as it can lead to serious health problems like infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease if left untreated.

Health officials in New Orleans are now urging anyone who may have had sexual contact with Nieves to seek medical attention and get tested for gonorrhea. They are also reminding the public to practice safe sex, including using condoms and getting tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases.

The emergence of this new strain of gonorrhea is a stark reminder of the importance of safe sex practices and the need for continued research and development of new antibiotics to combat antibiotic-resistant strains. As this case demonstrates, the spread of resistant strains can have serious consequences for public health.

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